ON THIS DATE (1987): Hilo breaks Konawaena’s 40-game winning streak

Kamaka Mahoe led Hilo to one of its biggest victories in the 1980s. Tribune Herald photo.

On this date in 1987, Hilo ended Konawaena’s 40-game winning streak.

The Vikings got five interceptions in the second half and Kamaka Mahoe hauled in a pass from Mark Ishii for the historic win. The Wildcats had not lost since 1982, when Hilo did the trick.

Jay Auwae had two interceptions and Charleston Awai, Terry Nicolas and Jason Saturnio each had one but Konawaena quarterback Pat Acol still managed to throw for 274 yards.

The Vikings won despite leading rusher and top linebacker Cramer Mahoe sitting out because of disciplinary reasons.

The loss didn’t prevent the Wildcats from winning the BIIF. The school ruled the league from 1980-1990.


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